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Data Futures: The programme

Updated 21 October 2021

We emailed a Data Futures programme update on 9 September to all Accountable Officers / Heads of provider: the text is available in our HESA news section.

Data Futures programme update September 2021 

Programme timeline

Data Futures timeline for Alpha phase, Beta phase, 2022/23 collection and 2023/24 collection

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Data Futures timeline: text version

Alpha phase one runs from May to September 2021.

Alpha phase two runs from November 2021 to January 2022.

The Beta phase is scheduled to run from February to August 2022: we will provide more details when they are available.

The Data Futures transition year, 2022/23, will be an annual collection hosted on the HESA Data Platform (HDP) using the Student-Data Futures specification.

Data needs to be collected in the new format from 1 August 2022​.

The HDP will open for the 2022/23 collection in early 2023.

We will provide more information on the 2023/24 collection when it is available.

Background to the programme

The Data Futures transformation programme will facilitate in-year data collection, assurance and dissemination of HE data.

A new data collection platform, the HESA Data Platform (HDP) will enable the provision of data to Statutory Customers for the Student record. In addition, it will deliver a more efficient system for HE providers to submit and quality assure their data leading to operational efficiencies.

The programme, led by HESA and delivered with Jisc will deliver a range of benefits for Statutory Customers, HE Providers, HESA and the HE sector.

Engagement and programme governance

Greater data utility

  • Timely, high-quality data to support effective regulation and decision-making in relation to the UK HE sector.
  • Improved management information for HE providers.

Statutory data efficiencies

  • More efficient data return and quality assurance process for HE providers.
  • Better alignment of regulatory and statutory data returns through a single model that connects with the increasingly diverse range of administrative business processes in HE providers.

Maintaining data quality

  • Ensure appropriate data quality for national statistics products.
  • Providing fit for purpose data for regulation and statutory purposes.

HESA weekly update

Data Futures operational updates (coding manual releases, resource updates, etc) will now be available via the HESA weekly update. If you are not a HESA operational contact, you can sign up for the HESA weekly update; you can change your preferences at any time.

For further information or queries, please email [email protected].